SC franchise owner helps fellow veterans find jobs after military service

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — Only 1 in 4 veterans have a job lined up after leaving the armed forces according to Pew Research Center.

To help reduce veteran unemployment, one company hires veterans through its franchises across the company.

Donald Nugent served his country in the US Army during the late 90s, deploying to the Balkans and the Middle East. 

“I got to travel all over the world and see different things. I enjoyed it and wanted to give back to the country,” said veteran Donald Nugent. “I‘m a first generation American. I think everyone should be proud to say they’re a veteran.”

Nugent says that the number one thing that the Army teaches is teamwork.

“You got a guy from North Dakota, north Florida and northern California all doing the same job,” Nugent said. “They all respect each other even though they may have different backgrounds and beliefs. They come together to focus on a mission.”

Nugent’s franchise aims to operate the same way. His business, JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, hires veterans who have that sense of teamwork.

“One of our missions at JDog is to get veteran unemployment down to 1 percent,” the franchise owner said. “We’re not going to be able to hire every veteran but if we do a good display, show our respect, integrity and trust, they’re going to go out there and hire veterans and recommend them for jobs.”

In addition to employment, he notices that some veterans need a sense of comradery after coming back from military service.

“When they go out and do jobs, they treat it as a mission. This is what we do,” Nugent said. “We got a plan, start here, go there, finish and get ready for the next one. We’re training for that.”

JDog’s goal is to not only help veterans but also the environment.

“We’ll come out, clean out your garage or attic and take those items. Our goal is to keep up to 80 percent of what we collect out of the landfills,” Nugent said. “That’s what separates us from some of our competition. We don’t want to fill the landfill with stuff we can recycle, reuse and donate.”

Nugent’s JDog franchise also does carpet cleaning services.

He says the company helped him every step of the way to get the business started. 

“The way they give back to the veteran community is just unbelievable. I’m so proud to be part of an organization like this,” Nugent concluded.

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